Ch 51: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy

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Boost your confidence as you prepare to answer U.S. foreign policy questions on the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment. Review fun lessons to get reacquainted with the subject area, and take self-assessment quizzes to test your comprehension.

NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy - Chapter Summary

The expert instructors in this chapter present lessons about U.S. foreign policy using entertaining videos and transcripts. Benefit from this unique online learning experience that ensures you're ready for the following on the NYSTCE Social Studies assessment:

  • Explaining how the president, Congress and interest groups develop foreign policy
  • Defining and sharing the history of the National Security Council
  • Describing the roles and responsibilities of the Secretary of State
  • Identifying tools of foreign policy, and detailing the history of U.S. foreign policy from the Cold War to post-9/11
  • Providing details about the global influence of the United States
  • Sharing international influences on American political and social life

You can view the lessons from the comfort of your home, or on-the-go via or smartphone or tablet. Before, during or after reviewing the lessons, you can test your comprehension with short quizzes. A chapter exam is also available to reinforce concepts learned in the lessons. Any questions you have about lesson topics can be submitted to our experts.

8 Lessons in Chapter 51: NYSTCE Social Studies: U.S. Foreign Policy
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Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

1. Developing Foreign Policy: The President, Congress & Interest Groups

Foreign policy is not developed in a vacuum or by only one actor in the United States. In this lesson, you'll learn about how the president, Congress and interest groups help develop U.S. foreign policy. A short quiz follows.

National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

2. National Security Council: Definition, History, Members & Role

This lesson will discuss the formation and primary role of the National Security Council. Additionally, this lesson will provide the history of the NSC and identify its members.

The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

3. The Secretary of State: Roles & Responsibilities

This lesson discusses the importance of the Department of State, part of the U.S. executive Cabinet, which is headed by the Secretary of State. In it, we learn about the history of the organization, current policies, and responsibilities.

Tools of Foreign Policy

4. Tools of Foreign Policy

This lesson will explain some of the different tools used in foreign policy. It will focus on diplomacy, sanctions, containment, collective security, deterrence, and military force.

A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

5. A History of U.S. Foreign Policy from the Cold War to post-9/11

The collapse of the Soviet Union and the 2001 terrorist attacks against the United States have caused fundamental changes to U.S. foreign policy. In this lesson, you'll be provided a brief overview of U.S. foreign policy during and after the Cold War.

The Global Influence of the United States

6. The Global Influence of the United States

In this lesson we will learn about the global influence of the United States. We will explore the role of the U.S. in world affairs from 1776 to the present and see how American influence has impacted modern history.

International Influences on American Political & Social Life

7. International Influences on American Political & Social Life

In this lesson, we will examine how international events have influenced American social and political life throughout history. We will highlight notable examples from the 20th century and explore them in their historical context.

The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

8. The United Nations' History & Role in International Politics

One of the most influential and far-reaching intergovernmental organizations in the world today is the United Nations. In this lesson, you'll learn about the United Nations, including its history, structure, and role in international politics.

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